2018 U.S. Mixed Doubles

2018 U.S. Mixed Doubles

Tuxedo hosted the 2018 U.S. Amateur Mixed Doubles. Will Hopton and Xanthe Ranger defeated Pat Winthrop and Phoebe Livingston. The score was 4-6,6-2,6-1. Rich Mueller and Jeannie Heffernan won the back draw over Dan Laukitis and Mary Livingston.

2018 US U19 Doubles – Lieb Cup – and Parent/Child

2018 US U19 Doubles – Lieb Cup – and Parent/Child

The Racquet Club of Philadelphia was pleased to host the U.S. Junior Doubles U19 Lieb Cup, U17 and U15 in conjunction with the National Parent Child. The field consisted of twelve juniors ranging from 14 to 18 years old, so the RC Proshop had every player in the U19 division where each player partnered with each other. The format was terrific for all players getting a huge amount of court time and match experience. The field consisted of seven Philadelphians (Spencer Yager, Jack Cassidy, Ben Sheridan, Jack Whitehouse, Asher Ricci, Michael Harrity and Reid Kleinman) two Tuxedo Parkers (Bob Wang and Dawson Chisholm) two Washingtonians (Wylie Courson and Owen Caputo) and one New Jersian Sebastian St- Laurent. We started the event off bright and early on Saturday morning with a clinic with the focus of getting everyone to focus on racquet preparation and slowing down their swings. It was great to see all players especially newbies to game figuring out the swing. The round robin started at 9am and the match experience was essential for the beginners to get their feet wet in some match exposure. The top two players in each division came through to play in the final of the Lieb Cup. In Box 1 Spencer Yager and Bob Wang came through and Dawson Chisholm and Michael Harrity came through on Box 2. Wang & Chisholm familiar with each other looked like they were the team to beat, but Yager and Harrity played extremely well to take the final 6/3, 6/2. Harrity with a good squash and lawn tennis background showed great ability to get the ball over the net. All four players… Read the Full Story >

2018 U23, U26 National Championships

2018 U23, U26 National Championships

by Ivan Ronaldson What a great turnout this year. Fifteen entries, six of whom were in serious contention for gold medals in the main events. Friday’s A division matches were all nail-biters, going three sets in the singles and 9-8, 9-7, or 9-6 in the doubles. Philly’s rapidly improving Henry Smith (Henry’s handicap has dropped 20 points in the last year) beat out one of the home favorites, Noah Motz, 1-6 6-5 3-6. Erik Barker dropped the first set 5-6 to Philly’s Spencer Yager before storming back 6-1 6-2. Boston’s Ben Hudson had some trouble with Spencer Yager as well. Ben dropped the first set 6-2, before getting used to the new balls and glass wall, taking the 2nd and 3rd sets 6-1 6-1. For those of you who haven’t seen Spencer or Henry play, these chaps are national level Squash players who are going to be low teen court tennis players soon! Saturday saw Barker beat Smith 6-2 6-3, and Motz beat Hudson 6-1 6-2 both in the U26 semis. The home club favorites had settled down into their usual styles. Erik covered the court like a carpet, an iron-willed terrier, retrieving everything. Weapons-hot Noah was just as quick and harder hitting. In the U23 Singles final Henry Smith got another shot at Erik but the same result. Erik took the gold 6-3 6-4. U26 Doubles Final saw fantastic volleying from Barker and Hudson; the Tomahawk missile forces from Chase Motz and his cousin Noah could not quite break through. Barker/Hudson won 5-6 6-2 6-1. Two finals left to play on Sunday. In the U23 Doubles Yager/Smith came back from 5-0 down against Barker/Motz… Read the Full Story >

2018 Spring Invitational

2018 Spring Invitational

The fourth annual Spring Invitational and Pro-Am was hosted by the Racquet and Tennis Club May 3rd to 6th.  Sixteen players competed in the Main Draw, of which eight were professionals and eight were amateurs. Shep Skiff and Matt Mackin won the two Qualifier spots that took place Wednesday and Thursday, and included Manek Mathur, Eric Bedel, Phil Stockton and Dylan Patterson, all representing New York. Top professionals included Rob Whitehouse (Philadelphia), James Asher (Philadelphia), Barney Tanfield (New York), Adrian Kemp (New York), Tony Hollins (Boston), Leon Smart (Boston), Josh Dodgson (Tuxedo) and Neil Smith (New York).  The other six amateurs in the Main Draw were Jon Crowell and Henry Smith from Philadelphia, and Tom McGinnis, Will Thompson, Ben Stein and Zach Sacks all representing New York. The event was generously supported by over eighty Racquet and Tennis Club members. The Pro-Am draw consisted of ten teams and was won by Ian Highet and Neil Smith in a closely contested final (10-7) over Temple Grassi and Manek Mathur. The Spring Invitational Main Draw started on Thursday evening with a U.S. Court Tennis Preservation Foundation co-sponsored cocktail party in the Pell Room and two Round of 16 matches, Jon Crowell advanced over Zach Sacks (6-1, 6-0) and Ben Stein advanced over Neil Smith (6-4, 6-4). Friday morning play started at 10:00am with number 1 seed Barney Tanfield advancing over Henry Smith, the Ed Noll Fellowship recipient from Philadelphia. Tony Hollins advanced over Shep Skiff (6-1, 6-3) and Josh Dodgson advanced over James Asher (6-0, 6-1). In the afternoon matches, number 4 seed Adrian Kemp advanced over Matt Mackin (6-2, 6-1), Tom McGinnis advanced over Rob Whitehouse… Read the Full Story >

R.D. Sears Cup

R.D. Sears Cup

Last month the Tennis and Racquet Club hosted another edition of it’s flagship event, the Sears Cup. There were upward of 150 matches played, spread over the three sports (court tennis, racquets, and squash). Alongside the athletics the participants and members enjoyed a Saturday evening 1920’s themed shin dig featuring the Gatsby Gang Jazz Band. Thanks to all the participants who travelled from near and far to take part. Also a big shout out to the social committee of Brittany Miller, Phil Rimmler, and Harris Rosenheim, the T&R Staff and everyone who helped pulled off another fun weekend at the T&R. Click here for the draws

2018 U.S. 40s

2018 U.S. 40s

The Racquet Club of Chicago proudly hosted the 2018 U.S. 40s Singles and Doubles from May 11-13. The tournament was very evenly matched with the top seven players in the draw within 4 handicap points of each other and winning would come down to who performed at their best in the pivotal moments. Ryan Carey was in dominant form from the start as he dispatched British hopeful Nick Browne 6-5, 6-2. Carey followed that up by beating the in-form local, Max Drake, by the same score line. The wide-open bottom half of the draw featured excellent matches. In one first-round match, Frederika Adam squared off against Jack Brown. The match, which was played to a very high level, ended with the slightly steadier Frederika emerging victorious 6-5, 6-4. In another strong first-round match, Greg Van Schaack was drawn against Chicago’s Rowan Carroll. The match didn’t disappoint as both players showed great court coverage and accuracy with their shots. Rowan came out of the blocks a little quicker, controlled the service end and won the set first 6-3. Greg began to reacquaint himself with the court early in the match and, in doing so,  regained his lethal return of serve.  This allowed Greg to continually set short chases during which he found a good length on his serve.  This combination lead to a come-from behind 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory. The semi-final between Frederika Adam and  Greg Van Schaack was the match of the tournament with wonderful athleticism interspersed with excellent shot-making and retrieving. Frederika managed to save 3 match points before finally winning 6-1, 4-6, 6-5. Ryan Carey was at his absolute best in the final… Read the Full Story >

2018 Anne Boleyn

2018 Anne Boleyn

By David Caldwell Across April 28th and 29th, the Anne Boleyn was held at Georgian Court (Lakewood, NJ); 10 enthusiastic players traveled from Newport, Boston, Tuxedo, and Philadelphia to compete for the coveted trophy.  Sunday’s main draw was driven by Saturday’s round robin match play: Group 1 Amy Gold – 1st Jeannie Heffernan – 2nd Priscilla Person 3rd Petra Napolitano — 4th Ayca Yesim — 5th Group 2 Helen Grassi — 1st Beth Winthrop — 2nd Shirley Freitag — 3rd Laura Tillsley — 4th Arianae Tsavaris — 5th Beth Winthrop, in the end, was the winner of the tournament, snatching the prize from Jeannie Heffernan, in a hard-fought 8-4 victory. Highlights of the weekend, included skills clinics run by Rob Whitehouse, Head Professional, Racquet Club of Philadelphia, facility tours, and a hotly-debated appearance by the ghost of Jay Gould. Thank you to Rob for organizing, coaching, and marking, and to Lori Raia Thomas, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Georgian Court University, and Bill McLaughlin and Rich Moroscak, USCTPF, for their support of the event.

2018 Northrop Knox

2018 Northrop Knox

By Mit Carothers, Tennis Chair Aiken Tennis Club With five teams entered in the 2018 Northrop Knox Tournament, a round robin format with each team playing 4 matches offered the most tennis for the teams entered and for the galleries attending. Teams entered included last year’s finalists, first time visitors to the Aiken Tennis Club, returning out of towners and first time participants. Play began on Thursday evening but not before players and 65 guests were treated to the traditional Thursday Oyster Night. In the evening match locals Charles Bostwick, Jr and Jason Rabun played Peter Dunne and Max Drake and prevailed in 3 sets. In Friday’s first match, Dunne and Drake, visiting from Chicago, returned the favor defeating the Aiken team of Dan Villiers and Bauer Vaughters. This was followed by another 3 set win for Bostwick and Rabun over Geoff Ellis and George Handy. Last year’s finalists and previous winners Rakesh Jasani and Jason Mengel saw their first match go their way against Villiers and Vaughters. Friday evening play concluded with Tennis and Cocktails for players and guests with Handy and Ellis righting the ship and defeating Jasani and Mengel in three sets. Completion of play Friday saw the Bostwick/Handy entry undefeated at 2-0 with three teams tied with 1-1 records and a place in the finals still very much up for grabs. Saturday’s five matches would see the 4 teams vying for the two spots in the finals all playing twice. In the first match Jasani/Mengel would hand Bostwick/Rabun their only loss in three sets. Ellis/Handy kept the pressure on the group by defeating Dunne/Drake 4 and 4.  Bostwick/Rabun then bounced right… Read the Full Story >